The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course draws on the field of organisational sociology for students to develop the managerial and administrative knowledge and values needed to effectively coordinate programs in government, private sector, non-government organisations (NGOs), and community organisations. The course also examines social behaviour in the workplace through the study of leadership styles, teamwork and group processes, work organisation and management practices.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify a range of competing theories of organizational management and social behavior.

2. Compare and contrast theories of organisational management and social behavior.

3. Apply theories of organizational management and social behavior to a case study of a particular industry or work situation.

4. Contribute to informed debate about organisational theories, leadership styles, teamwork and group processes.


Course content will be drawn from a selection of the following topics:

  • managerial theories and organisational structures;
  • strategic planning and performance management; negotiation, consultation, networking and ethical practice;
  • leadership styles and managing change;
  • organisational culture;
  • formal and informal power relations in organisations;
  • employee relations;
  • EEO, OHS and environmental policies;
  • developing and managing teams.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (40%)

In Term Test: Exam (30%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises (15%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Presentation of organisation report (15%)

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term